Tips For a Smoother Move

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Moving Heavy Furniture

We have been involved in a lot of moves, both as professionals and amateurs, and over the years we have learned a lot about how to make a move smoother. Moving is a big deal and if you don’t treat it that way you open yourself up to a myriad of problems, frustrations and delays, especially if you have something heavy and awkward like moving a piano or adjustable bed with electric motor and steel frame.

So now we would like to offer a few tips, based on our experience, to help you avoid disaster when you move. Even if you are not going to use professional movers, most of them will be more than happy to provide you with a free checklist that will help you get organized.

1) Start Early
The time to begin planning is immediately upon learning that you are, indeed, going to move. We have seen so many people procrastinate, thinking they have lots of time, only to end up unprepared and harried come moving day.

2) Plan, Plan, Plan…
Lack of adequate planning is the biggest mistake you can make, whether you are employing professionals or doing it on your own. Put your plan on paper, make lists, and think about not only the actual move but pre-move and post-move scenarios. Writing things down not only gives you a guide to follow, it helps you remember things even when you don’t consult your list.

3) Pack Early
You don’t need everything you own all the time. Make a list of those things you can get along without – starting right now – until the move is over. Get those things packed early. You will likely discover that you have some things you never use anymore and don’t really want: donate them or sell them, but get rid of them now.

4) Write Everything Down
This is where lists become important. List everything that goes into each packing container. Make sure each container has a number written on it along with its destination, including which room it is to go in. This makes things much smoother once you have reached your destination, as unloaders won’t have to ask you personally where each box should go. And when you need that special little whisk to make a sauce the night after the move in, you can find it on your list and go straight to the box it is in.

5) Communicate
Again, early is the key as you communicate with everyone involved in your move. Even if you are using the services of professional Vancouver movers with trucks, be sure everything is itemized, discussed and recorded somewhere. When and where to obtain packing materials. Who is going to do what. Notices to utility suppliers such as hydro, phone and television. Moves go more smoothly when everyone who is involved knows what is expected of them and that they can count on everyone else to do their part.

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So those are the basics of organizing a move, and they apply whether or not you are using the services of a professional mover. Organization is the key and if you choose to ignore this you do so at your own peril. In later articles we will give you valuable information on things like packing, renting vehicles and so on.

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Learn About Your Furnace

Clean FurnaceA comfortable home starts with a working furnace system. The right amount of hot air blowing when it’s cold outside is a great feeling. But if you experience a failure of your furnace it can be a nightmare.

Before you contact people to assist you in getting your system fixed, know what kind of system you’re working with in the first place. Write down what brand your system is along with the model number and if available, the maintenance records. This will facilitate the process when your contractor asks for this information.

Before contacting a furnace repair service company take a short tour of the entire home. Pay attention to which areas of the house are warm and which ones are cool. This will help a contractor quickly figure out what the issue is and how it can be fixed fast.

Clean The Furnace Closet

Make sure any debris is cleaned out from the furnace closet. Things can pile up in small spaces over time and that can throw a wrench in your system, which can lead to overheating. On a side note, never use the space around your furnace for storage.

When it gets cold outside that’s when the furnace kicks in and the right time for a tune up. To save money and be more comfortable in your home, install double-paned windows instead of single pane. Double pane windows help minimize heat loss so more hot air stays inside.

Now you know how important the furnace is to your home. Bad things will happen when you don’t do regular maintenance inspections. It’s always a good idea to have your furnace tuned up every season or at least every second year.

If you can’t remember the last time someone looked at it call a reputable furnace service company for a service call. You will appreciate it in the long run.

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A Good Plumber is Worth Their Weight in Gold

One of the  most important things you can do when working on the upkeep in your home is to find good contractors in your local area. If you are thinking of doing maintenance on a schedule then you are ahead of the curve, because most homeowners do not do anything like that. All the plumbers I have ever spoken to tell me over 85% of their calls are about an urgent matter, which means they have not done any maintenance at all. The same goes for roofers, appliance repairmen, heating technicians and others who seem to only be needed when something breaks down.

Ashton service group has a maintenance program set up something like an insurance policy. You pay a small monthly fee and they take care of everything for you on schedule. If something goes wrong with your plumbing there is a 15% discount on whatever it is. The list goes on but the thing is they take care of your plumbing and heating needs on a schedule so if something starts going you are made aware of it before it turns into a disaster.

Ashton Service Group

Ashton Service GroupLocated in Richmond BC, Ashton Service Group is a long standing member of the community and has built a great reputation as a dependable plumbing company who works hard at building their reputation. They stand behind every job they do and make sure everything is working at peak efficiency.

These guys are someone you want to file away as the company to call when you want a professional to work on the plumbing or heating in your home. They also specialize in HVAC, air conditioning and heat exchange units.


Brian Williams Owner of Ashton Service Group

Definitely worth your time to get to know these guys. For more information on plumbing services, specifically clogged drain problems, click here for our next article.

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Perimeter Drainage

The way water flows around your home is important because you do not want it pooling near the foundation. If water sits too long around your basement walls you end up with a wet basement. You want to make sure the drainage is set correctly so it flows around and away from the home, out to the sewer lines or down a ditch. When landscaping for a new home a contractor who knows what he is doing will look to see what direction the land slopes toward or away from. He will also install drain tile around the perimeter walls to move the water efficiently for when it rains.

Example of Proper Drain Tile Installation


Getting the perimeter drain system set up correctly is vital, so make sure the contractor knows what he is doing
Perimeter Drainage
Perimeter drainage systems are important for the longevity of your foundation, so they need to be set up correctly. Most water coming off the roof during a rainfall can be directed away from the home with good gutters and a downspout with an extender or trough to carry it away. When in doubt call a professional with good credentials to help with proper perimeter drainage. If you already have a basement leak then you are looking at more problems on top of the drainage issue.

There are many older homes that need to upgrade their drain systems. Replacing a drainage system is one of those things that really only need to be done every 20 – 30 years if it was installed correctly the first time. Unfortunately some contractors cut corners and by the time you recognize the problem a few years have passed. If that is the case on your property, then follow our advice and research your local home service providers before calling someone over to assess the situation.

If you live in Vancouver BC call this company for great service and quality work. Expert Drainage Services

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Gutter Cleaning

Most of us have exterior gutters which means they need to be cleaned on occasion. Gutters tend to get clogged with dirt, leaves, needles and various stuff off the surrounding trees. When stuff gets caught in the gutters they can’t flow properly and will need a good gutter cleaning. When they plug up it can start causing drainage problems around your home. When water starts collecting at the foundation walls bad things happen. The foundation can crack letting water into the basement. When this starts happening you stand to lose.

A wet basement is caused by a number of things, one of them being pooling and improper drainage on your property. Problems with a wet basement range from mold and rotting wall panels or bloated drywall. If you have a hardwood floor then it is in danger from water soaking in and warping the boards. Furniture and appliances are also at danger from water damage when rain does not flow away from the house.

Drainage Tips

Gutter Guards

gutter guards

One thing you can do to help improve how your gutter works is to add gutter guards. There are numerous types you can buy, and we suggest you research the market a little first before pulling the trigger on this investment. We find that most of the cheaper designs are short lived and do very little to help keep the gutter flowing clear and free. Reliable Gutters is a great company to deal with for these types of home improvement projects.

Here is a popular brand that works well


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